Capturing the Friedmans (DVD)


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Capturing the Friedmans (DVD)

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and with over $3 million at the box office to date, Capturing The Friedmans is nothing short of the most riveting, provocative, and hotly debated films of the year. Despite their predilection for hamming it up in front of home-movie cameras, the Friedmans were a normal middle-class family living in the affluent New York suburb of Great Neck. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers at home for a quiet holiday dinner, their front door explodes, splintered by a police battering ram. Officers rush into the house, accusing Arnold Friedman and his youngest son Jesse of hundreds of shocking crimes. The film follows their story from the public's perspective and through unique real footage of the family in crisis, shot inside the Friedman house. As the police investigate, and the community reacts, the fabric of the family begins to disintegrate, revealing provocative questions about truth, justice, family, and -ultimately-truth. With an abundance of exclusive DVD bonus features supplied on a second disc, Capturing the Friedmans is sure to capture you and pin you to your seat.

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A Sundance Grand Jury prize winner and a true conversation starter, Capturing the Friedmans travels into one apparently ordinary Long Island family's heart of darkness. Arnold and Elaine Friedman had a normal life with their three sons until Arnold was arrested on multiple (and increasingly lurid) charges of child abuse. Because the Friedmans had documented their own lives with copious home movies, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki is able to sift through their material looking for clues. Yet what emerges is more surreal than fiction: the youngest Friedman son went to jail, the eldest became a birthday-party clown. In the end, we can't be sure whether Arnold Friedman is a monstrous child molester or the victim of railroading. The portrait of a disconnected family is deeply disturbing, either way, and this film is further proof that a documentary can be just as spellbinding as anything a great storyteller dreams up. --Robert Horton

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Featurette: Unseen home videos of the Friedmans. Short film about Jesse Friedman's life today. Short film by director Andrew Jarecki about children's birthday party clowns, which led to the discovery of David Friedman's story, and eventually became Capturing the Friedmans. Interviews: Charlie Rose interview with the director. Other: Questions, answers and heated debates captured by filmmakers and members of the Friedman family. On-the-scene footage of the altercation with law enforcement officials at the film's New York premiere. More on the case, including compelling new evidence, witnesses, and uncut footage of the prosecution's star witness. Featurette: Unseen home videos of the Friedmans. Short film about Jesse Friedman's life today. Short film by director Andrew Jarecki about children's birthday party clowns, which led to the discovery of David Friedman's story, and eventually became Capturing the Friedmans. Interviews: Charlie Rose interview with the director. Other: Questions, answers and heated debates captured by filmmakers and members of the Friedman family. On-the-scene footage of the altercation with law enforcement officials at the film's New York premiere. More on the case, including compelling new evidence, witnesses, and uncut footage of the prosecution's star witness. Featurette: Unseen home videos of the Friedmans. Short film about Jesse Friedman's life today. Short film by director Andrew Jarecki about children's birthday party clowns, which led to the discovery of David Friedman's story, and eventually became Capturing the Friedmans. Interviews: Charlie Rose interview with the director. Other: Questions, answers and heated debates captured by filmmakers and members of the Friedman family. On-the-scene footage of the altercation with law enforcement officials at the film's New York premiere. More on the case, including compelling new evidence, witnesses, and uncut footage of the prosecution's star witness. Featurette: Unseen home videos of the Friedmans. Short film about Jesse Friedman's life today. Short film by director Andrew Jarecki about children's birthday party clowns, which led to the discovery of David Friedman's story, and eventually became Capturing the Friedmans. Interviews: Charlie Rose interview with the director. Other: Questions, answers and heated debates captured by filmmakers and members of the Friedman family. On-the-scene footage of the altercation with law enforcement officials at the film's New York premiere. More on the case, including compelling new evidence, witnesses, and uncut footage of the prosecution's star witness. Read more Show less